by Joy Nash

January 2008
ISBN: 978-0-505-52716-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Lovespell
Mass Market Paperback

Deep Magic by Joy Nash brings back familiar characters from her Druids of Avalon series. Expect the same dedication to excellence as experienced in previous Druid novels by this author.

Gwendolyn is set to be the Guardian of Avalon after her grandfather. But she and her twin, Rhys are not pleased with their assigned duties. So far their grandfather has been in charge of shielding Avalon from hostile eyes. His ability to continue is waning. He appoints Gwen to take his place and Rhys to wander through the land gathering other Druids.

Marcus Aquila canít get the image of Gwenís changing out of his head. Heíd held her in his arms as her body morphed from wolf to woman. A year has passed and still he becomes aroused at the memory. As much as he wishes he didnít. Marcus has witnessed the Deep Magic for himself which deepened his mistrust of magic. It is dangerous and unpredictable. He is terrified to learn that his little sister has inherited her motherís Druid magic. He canít bear the thought of losing Breena to its dark grasp.

A dream compels Gwen to have a sword created, one imbued with magic. She goes to the one blacksmith she knows: Marcus Aquila. He forces a promise from Gwen that she will not change into the wolf while she is in the Aquila household. But Gwen has trouble stopping the change from happening. For this reason she is afraid to succumb to the heated attraction between her and Marcus.

While Gwen awaits the sword's completion Darkness lurks ever closer to Avalon. Rhys has lost faith in his sister and their grandfather lies in the clutches of a Dark Spell. Marcus becomes her ally as she races to fulfill her duty.

Ms. Nash lends her gift for storytelling to bring an intriguing element to the legend of the sword Excalibur. Fans of Arthurian lore and romance readers alike will be sure to find Deep Magic a compelling and satisfying read. I recommend reading the books in order to enjoy this story to its fullest extent.

Reviewed in March 2008 by Rho.

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